Unity and Diversity in Iraq: The Nation’s Past and Future

Date: October 26–28, 2007

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Description: TAARII co-sponsored with the Hollings Center a meeting entitled “Unity and Diversity in Iraq: The Nation’s Past and Future,” in Istanbul, Turkey. This meeting, which was closed to the public, assembled scholars and intellectuals from Iraq, its neighbors, Western Europe, and the U.S. to discuss relationships among Iraq’s religious, ethnic, and cultural sub-populations and the country’s neighbors. The interdisciplinary meeting examined regionalism in Iraq in the context of political, ideological, and administrative decentralization. Building on historical understandings of particular regions and identities within Iraq, the conference considered new developments regarding oil, regionalism, and federalisms as they pertain to sectarian divisions, tribal re-groupings, and urban–rural relationships, political re-alignments, and the role of neighboring states.

Additional Information: For more details and pictures from this event, please see the “Executive Director’s Report” by Stephanie Platz in the Spring 2008 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 03-01.